Connected bracelet painlessly monitors glucose levels
Believed to be the first connected bracelet that painlessly monitors glucose levels without taking blood, is now available for pre-order from PKvitality.
There are estimated to be 415 million diabetics around the world today. The K’Watch Glucose is based on SkinTaste technology. It was unveiled at CES in January and won the CES Best of Innovation Award 2017.
The K’Watch Glucose is a new generation tracker aimed at diabetics, that is able to analyse the glucose level by simply “tasting” the skin rather than taking blood samples as other devices do today, says PKvitality.
PKvitality combines its expertise with 20 years of biological research to bring its miniaturised SkinTaste technology to market. SkinTaste is a biosensor array that uses micro-needles (less than 0.5mm long) to collect and analyse chemical compositions of the interstitial fluid, a solution that surrounds the tissue cells, found just below the surface of the skin.
On average, 16 per cent of a person’s body weight is made up of this liquid, which provides cells with nutrients and a means of waste removal. This fluid contains several biomarkers such as glucose, which the SkinTaste biosensor will analyse.
At the touch of a button, the probes penetrate this layer and pump a tiny drop of interstitial fluid into the K’Watch wearable device for chemical analysis. While the user will feel the slight pressure of the probe pressing on their skin, they feel absolutely no pain as the sensor neither reaches the pain nerve nor a blood vessel, which are typically 1.0mm or more below the epidermis.
Contained in a K’apsul, SkinTaste is integrated in several devices such as watches or armbands and is available in several versions to allow the analysis of a specific number of biomarkers.
K’Watch Glucose is the first highly precise device that monitors glucose levels, without the need to take any blood or rely on multiple and complicated monitoring devices. K’Watch Glucose combines the elegance and utility of a standard activity tracker with the vital information provided by a medical device, says PKvitality.
The K’Watch Glucose syncs with a dedicated iOS and Android app that shows results over time. The user can configure the alerts and set reminders either in the app or the device to avoid any measurement oversight. The device also tracks the number of steps taken, the distance travelled, and the calories burned every day.
First deliveries will start in 2018, once the medical certification process has been completed.
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